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The Pope sends condolences  on death of Bishop Luigi Padovese

When the Holy Father learned of the murder of Bishop Luigi Padovese, ofm cap, titular Bishop of Monteverde and Vicar Apostolic of Anatolia, Turkey, on Friday, 3 June, he sent a Telegram with his condolences to Archbishop Antonio Lucibello, Apostolic Nuncio in Turkey. The Telegram was signed by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State.

Bishop Padovese was stabbed to death in his summer residence at {U-Idot}skenderun, one of Turkey's largest ports on the Mediterranean, where there is a small Suryani Christian Community. He was killed shortly before his departure to Cyprus for the Holy Father's Apostolic Visit.

The Pope said in his Telegram that he was “deeply saddened” by Bishop Padovese's death and joined everyone in commending “the noble soul of this beloved Pastor to the infinite mercy of God”, giving thanks for his “selfless witness to the Gospel and resolute commitment to dialogue and reconciliation”.

The Holy Father spoke of this event with the journalists during his flight to Cyprus.

Bishop Padovese was born in Milan in 1947. He made his solemn profession with the Friars Minor Capuchin and was ordained a priest on 16 June 1973. He was ordained a Bishop and assigned the titular see of Monteverde on 7 November 2004, after being appointed Vicar Apostolic of Anatolia.




St. Peter’s Square

Sept. 20, 2019